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About 100 residents went to the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center on October 8, 2010 to receive free flu vaccines. The event was hosted by Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Sunny Isles Beach Commissioner Roz Brezin, and the Miami-Dade County Health Department. The immunizations were free of charge to elderly residents and children, offered at a low price of $25 for anyone else who was interested in receiving a vaccine. "While the flu might be just a passing illness for many residents, it can be more severe in older and younger people, said Commissioner Heyman. “This annual vaccine clinic offers affordable preventative medicine and an option for people to get easy access care.
Truckloads of Red Cross supplies arrived in Port-au-Prince and thousands of responders are traveling the streets, providing water and first aid as well as finding lost loved ones and transporting people with serious injuries to nearby health facilities.“America's support  donations made in the United States to the American Red Cross  is reaching the hands of survivors in Haiti, said Steve McAndrew, disaster relief specialist with the American Red Cross in Port-au-Prince.
The United States said it has partnered with the Guyana government and pharmaceutical companies in expediting the registration of HIV/AIDS drugs for children. U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby said here last month that the new public-private partnership between the Bharrat Jagdeo administration in Guyana and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) would make “safe pediatric HIV medications available faster in Guyana by expediting the country's drug registration process.
Miami Dade College (MDC) and Nova Southeastern University (NSU) are now partners in an ongoing project aimed at providing local residents low-cost dental services performed by dental students from both academic institutions once a week for the remainder of the year. The new Community Collaborative Partnership between NSU's School of Dental Medicine and MDC's Dental Hygiene Program officially began at the start of this fall semester. Upper level dental students will directly treat patients at MDC's Dental Hygiene Clinic on a one-month rotation basis, one day a week until the end of the academic year. Six students from NSU are assigned each week and approximately 24 patients will be served each day. MDC dental hygiene students will provide services such as cleanings, sealants, and X-Rays.
In an effort to assist all seniors in Miami-Dade County, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa authored a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation addressing the adverse effects of no Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for this year, coupled with likely increases in Medicare Part B premiums. COLA is linked to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which is based on the change in prices of a broad range of goods used by people in the workforce. Since consumer prices have been down for the past year, the Social Security Administration announced last year that it would not automatically increase COLA for 2010.
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